Moving Storage: Extras to Look For!by NW Storages on 09/19/18
When you go looking for a self-storage company, there are a lot of things to consider. Is the security good, or great? Do you need a large space or a small one? Will a drive up space be necessary, or is an inside unit okay? There’s more to consider than just these questions, too. Of course you want to be sure to get a self-storage unit that fits your needs the best.
There are features and benefits to self-storage that you may not know to look for, though. These are things you may not have thought about or might not know are available. Maybe you’re new to self-storage and just aren’t aware of what’s out there, or perhaps you’ve used storage before, but not recently. No matter why you don’t know about these things, the fact is, they are available at a lot of storage facilities and can take your storage experience from good to fantastic simply by making your life easier or saving you money.
Here are a few of the great features you might look for in order to get the most value and satisfaction from your self-storage company.
Mailboxes. Often a self-storage facility also offers mailbox service. This is a great advantage since most people tend to rent storage in or very near their own neighborhoods. If you have need of a separate mailing address for any reason, whether it be for a small business or out of concern for the security of your home mailbox, having mail service in a convenient, nearby location is a big positive.
Packing supplies. When you’re packing up your belongings you want to be sure they’re protected and secure. Often, though, finding good, strong boxes can be difficult. Whether you’re packing for a move or just to store extra things, you want solid boxes, strong tape, and plenty of protective packing. If your nearby self-storage office has boxes and packing supplies for sale, you’ll be able to pick up what you need as you come and go from your storage unit; frequently, you’ll find that these items are discounted, too!
Online payments. Checks, of course, are rapidly falling out of favor. To pay the bills, most of us use our debit and credit cards, and our bank’s bill paying system. A lot of self-storage companies are moving toward accepting online payments rather than requiring that you stop in every month or mail a check. Quick, easy, and secure online payment options will save you time and hassle every time you pay your storage rental.
Month-to-month contracts. Why agree to store for longer than you need to? What if you aren’t sure how long you’ll need a storage unit? What if you have a contract and something happens to change your storage needs? In all of these situations, the lack of a long-term contract for your storage unit is a good thing. While some companies still want you to commit to six months or a year, many don’t. Find a company that will let you rent on a month-to-month basis and avoid having to pay for storage you don’t need, or for terminating your rental early.
Giveaways. Whether it’s a gift card or basket, cash, or anything else, winning a prize is always fun, and sometimes it can save you money! Offering the occasional giveaway - often several a year - is your storage company’s way of saying how much they appreciate your business. Take advantage of that great, customer-oriented attitude by renting at a storage facility that offers giveaways in addition to everything else they offer you.
Referral bonuses. Does your storage company pay you for sending customers their way? If not, find one that does! Most people in America will use self storage at some point in their lives; this includes your friends, family, and co-workers. Why not recommend to the people you know that they store where you do? And if that company gives you and extra $20, or $30, or even $50, so much the better! You could make a little extra money every month doing that, since there’s usually no limit on how many referrals you can make!
Getting as many extras and conveniences as you can find in the self-storage company you select makes storing both better and easier for you. Look for these and any other additional offers and features when you choose a storage facility and you’ll save money, time, and stress while you’re storing your belongings.